Another head football coach at a prominent high school has decided to bolt from his current role to take on a collegiate challenge, with this location the most far afield yet: Boise State.
As reported by the Dallas Morning News and others, and confirmed by a release from the school, Prosper football coach Chris Ross is leaving to accept a role with Boise State. He will serve as the director of football program development at Boise State, allowing him to be involved in recruiting, building connections to prominent high school programs and take on some teaching as well.
“I get to be into everything,” Ross told the Morning News. “I was just waiting for the right opportunity.”
Ross’ sudden departure paved the way for an immediate promotion for Prosper assistant coach Brandon Schmidt, who served as the team’s offensive coordinator in 2015. Schmidt announced he would retain the rest of the Prosper staff, assuming they wished to stay.
Schmidt continues a trend across recent years of prominent college programs adding high school coaches from leading high school teams. That’s been particularly true in Texas, where the likes of legendary DeSoto coach Claude Mathis and Corby Meekins of Houston’s Westfield High have joined SMU and Houston, respectively.